I’m a sucker for wines from Alsace. I love the variety of styles, the rich flavours and the amazing expression that can come from just one small (albeit beautiful) region of France.
When I discovered that wines from Alsace would be featuring in an upcoming rather unusual live wine tasting, I thought I’d do my best to be part of it – and I’m glad to say I succeeded because this should be quite an experience!
These will all come from Hugel & Fils (www.hugel.com):
- Gentil (aka Les Fleurs d’Alsace) 2006
- Pinot Blanc 2006
- Gewürztraminer 2005
- Riesling Jubilee 2004
- Gewürztraminer Vendage Tardive 2001
What makes this tasting different from 99.99% of all other wine tastings happening in the world right now is that it will take place live, in Europe and the US, using Twitter and also, because it can happen simultaneously anywhere in the world, we are going to be able to be joined by Etienne Hugel himself.
[If you are not familiar with Twitter, it is a web application that basically is a cross between blogging, sending an SMS and instant messaging/chat. Very addictive! It should make the comments, and tasting notes, a bit of an entertaining challenge.]
The tasting will start at 00:00 UK time on the 22nd of August (that’s midnight folks!) because we are joining in with our US friends who start at 19:00 Eastern on the 21st).
I will be trying to stay awake and post my thoughts on the wine (and the food we will match them to) along with Andrew from Spittoon (see below) both on twitter and on this blog.
If you want to follow the tasting live you’ll need to sign up and ‘follow’ me (add me as a contact) and some of those below. My username is thirstforwine
Other that will be participating include (and there will be plenty more I’m sure):
binendswine (USA) http://www.binendswine.com
(the coordinator of the event)
wine_scribbler (UK) http://www.spittoon.biz
catavino (Spain) http://www.catavino.net
gabriellaopaz (Spain) http://www.catavino.net
1winedude (USA) http://1winedude.blogspot.com
dalecruse (USA) http://drinksareonme.net
winecast (USA) http://winecast.net
richardpf (USA) http://passionatefoodie.blogspot.com
If you are a fan of Alsatian wines, or maybe you want to learn more about them, you can join us live, or look out for the report of the event. It promises to be a fun experience and a new way to share the fun of a wine tasting without the pressure